Karma Chameleon

05.17.2011

TECHNOLOGY

Convinced that green vehicles should be more than wimpy, warmed-over versions of their gas-powered counterparts, Fisker Automotive set out to design a head-turning option to alternative fuel mainstays. The 2012 Fisker Karma’s design embraces its advanced plug-in hybrid electric technology, creating an object of desire as much as a groundbreaking, premium automobile.

“The general theme for the design is beauty and passion – elements that are lacking from today’s cars,” says Henrik Fisker, Co-founder, CEO and Executive Design Director of the California-based company that bears his name. “The Karma makes a statement about how good-looking an alternative vehicle could be, and essentially redefines luxury.”

The Karma cuts a dramatic profile – more evocative of a supercar than a four-door, four-seat sedan – with its long hood, short rear deck, low roofline, and wide stance anchored by 22-inch wheels and tires. A continuously formed glass solar panel roof, the world’s largest on an automobile, harnesses additional energy from the sun and lends a cool eco-aesthetic. Exclusively offered Diamond Dust exterior paint gets its glimmer from crushed recycled glass and highlights the car’s sculptural form.

The spacious interior incorporates conventional hallmarks of luxury sedans, rendering them through innovative solutions aligned with the car’s environmentally conscious attitude. For example, inlaid wood trim is fashioned of naturally fallen trees recovered from forest fires and lake bottoms, and sumptuous leather is processed using a 100 percent sustainable manufacturing strategy. The battery pack nestled between, rather than underneath, the passengers allows for a lower rear seating position and maximizes the interior package for first-class, private jet-style comfort.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WI5QOHDRJGO3QQOL75DD6GVKUA Whozdat

    That’s an amazing car. I like that it’s eco-friendly as well.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WI5QOHDRJGO3QQOL75DD6GVKUA Whozdat

    Well put together. I would love to see the crushed glass worked into the paint job. I hope more manufacturers take notes and try to make their cars more eco-friendly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JamesForReal Joe Easy

    Woah… I would buy one. Luxury and green? Yes!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-J-Lucas/137501112 Charles J Lucas

    Wow this is nice…one day…one day

  • http://twitter.com/BonJohnIII John Bon

    LOL, most reactions untill now are politcally correct and believers of the eco-lie. Would I buy luxury? Yes. Would I buy a real sportscar? Absolutely! But don’t give me this eco-rubbish.

  • http://twitter.com/BonJohnIII John Bon

    Do I like this car? No. I see too many elements of BMW and Audi.and I don’t like wannabees, so I’ll stick with the new M6 :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Camacho/1241238563 Alex Camacho

    clearly the first guy that made the comment does not no anything about this car

  • http://twitter.com/winzy1 winnie scott

    so ambitious

  • Anonymous

    I love the design and attention to detail.. I only wish that I could afford it.

  • Anonymous

    I wish Jacob Glenn would shut the fuck up on every damn post.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D4JDU4ASDCPXTIYGYBQRBVGKSY Kelly

    Once I graduate in June with my Masters degree under my belt, this car is mines…all mine!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D4JDU4ASDCPXTIYGYBQRBVGKSY Kelly

    Once I graduate in June with my Masters degree under my belt, this car is mines…all mine!

  • http://twitter.com/RENNExoxo Renne

    This car is soooooo sexy

  • Anonymous

    OMG!!!!! What am I doing with my life :/….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001221061509 Hunter Robinson

    wooooooooooooooooooooooow thats the shit

  • Anonymous

    I would looooove one of those.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dastatzdezigns Dominic Adam Smith

    WANT SOEM MORE DESOIGNS FOR CARS AND SOME MORE IDEAS ON ECO FRIENDLY IDEAS GOOGLE ME N ADD . (SERIOUS INQUIREIES ONLY)!

  • http://www.facebook.com/INSTANTTAGSPA Monica Rivera de Williams

    SEXY!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/King-Richard/100000133754578 King Richard

    sick

  • http://twitter.com/angryblackmale angry black male

    when you get right down to it. isn’t the want of this car, all about pussy. when you get right down to it, as men, so much of what we choose to do, be, buy, experience, is all about pussy..is it not?

  • http://twitter.com/angryblackmale angry black male

    and this is not meant to be a criticism…pussy, much like art, is one of the most powerful forces in existence… see artist Mode2 and his “Offerings” body of work.

  • Anonymous

    Way cool cars! I just saw 3 of them headed south on hiway one, probaly going to The Lodge or Carmel.
    2 silver and a white one. First time I’ve seen that marque.

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